Syria / Middle East & North Africa

A checkpoint held by Syrian forces loyal to President Bashar al-Assad is pictured in Aleppo, Syria, on February 10, 2018. Security forces recently arrested pro-Assad journalist Rabea Kalawandi in Aleppo. (Reuters/Omar Sanadiki)

Syrian security forces arrest pro-Assad reporter Rabea Kalawandi

Beirut, July 10, 2019 — The Committee to Protect Journalists today expressed concern about the arrest of Syrian journalist Rabea Kalawandi, a reporter for Iranian state-run broadcaster Al-Alam TV, and called on Syrian authorities to reveal the reason for his arrest or release him immediately.

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Hayat Tahrir al-Sham members are seen in northern Idlib on August 14, 2018. Militants from the group recently detained journalist Maan Bakour. (AFP/Omar Haj Kadour)

Hayat Tahrir al-Sham militant group detains Syrian journalist Maan Bakour in Idlib

Beirut, June 26, 2019 — The militant group Hayat Tahrir al-Sham should immediately release Syrian journalist Maan Bakour, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today.

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A damaged building is seen in Idlib, Syria, on June 14, 2019. Photojournalist Amjad Hassan Bakir was recently killed in an airstrike in Idlib. (AFP/Omar Haj Kadour)

Syrian photojournalist Amjad Hassan Bakir killed in suspected regime missile strike

Beirut, June 21, 2019 — The Committee to Protect Journalists today condemned the killing of Syrian photojournalist Amjad Hassan Bakir and urged all the parties to the ongoing Syrian conflict to guarantee the safety of civilians, including journalists.

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Members of the Asayish are seen in Qamishli, northeastern Syria, on September 8, 2018. Asayish forces recently detained journalist Mohammad Tawfiq al-Saghir near Qamishli. (AFP/Delil Souleiman)

Kurdish security forces detain reporter Mohammad Tawfiq al-Saghir in northern Syria

New York, June 6, 2019 — Kurdish security forces in the northern Syrian city of al-Hasakah should immediately release journalist Mohammad Tawfiq al-Saghir, the Committee to Protect Journalists said today.

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A damaged building is seen in Idlib, Syria, on May 25, 2019. Several journalists were recently injured by government forces in Idlib and Hama. (Reuters/Khalil Ashawi)

Journalists injured, fired upon while covering clashes in northern Syria

Beirut, May 29, 2019 — The Committee to Protect Journalists today called on the Syrian authorities to respect the civilian status of journalists covering airstrikes and clashes in the northwestern part of the country.

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British photojournalist Paul Conroy, pictured on his way to a hospital in the U.K. in 2012, after surviving a bombing in Homs, Syria. The attack and Conroy's escape from Syria are featured in the documentary, Under the Wire. (The Sunday Times/Ray Wells)

‘We face a different danger,’ war photographer Paul Conroy says

In a Q&A with CPJ, British war photographer Paul Conroy discusses his last assignment with Sunday Times reporter Marie Colvin in Syria, in 2012, and the dangers for photojournalists, especially when covering conflict.

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On International Women’s Day, CPJ highlights jailed female journalists

On International Women’s Day, CPJ has highlighted the cases of female journalists jailed around the world in retaliation for their work. At least 33 of the 251 journalists in jail at the time of CPJ’s prison census are women. At least one of those–Turkish reporter and artist Zehra Dogan–was released in February after serving a…

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A Fighter from the Syrian Democratic Forces stands guard in the front line village of Baghouz on February 2, 2019. An Italian photojournalist was recently injured by Islamic State rebels while covering the conflict in Baghuz. (Delil Souleiman/AFP)

Italian photojournalist severely injured covering clashes in eastern Syria

Gabriele Micalizzi, an Italian freelance photojournalist, was severely injured by shrapnel while covering clashes between the U.S.-backed Syrian Democratic Forces and the Islamic State militant group in the eastern Syrian village of Baghuz on February 11, 2019, according to news reports, the pro-opposition Rojava Information Center, and CNN photographer and filmmaker Gabriel Chaim, who was…

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A Syrian opposition fighter stands at a checkpoint in Idlib province on October 13, 2018. A journalist was recently injured in Idlib while covering a government shelling campaign there. (Ugur Can/DHA via AP)

Syrian journalist injured in shelling in Idlib province

Ahmed al-Khatib, a reporter for the pro-opposition Edlib Media Center, was injured by shrapnel in Idlib province while covering a town’s shelling by the Syrian army on February 9, 2019, according to his employer, news reports, the local press freedom group Syrian Journalists’ Association, and the journalist, who spoke to CPJ.

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A man holds a sign honoring Sunday Times journalist Marie Colvin after a memorial service in London in 2012. A U.S. court ruled on January 30, 2019, that the Syrian government deliberately killed her. (Reuters/Stefan Wermuth)

US court: Syria ‘planned, executed extrajudicial killing’ of Marie Colvin

New York, January 31, 2019–A U.S. federal court in Washington, D.C., late yesterday found the Syrian government culpable in the 2012 killing of Marie Colvin, a correspondent for the U.K. newspaper Sunday Times, and ordered the government to pay US$302.5 million to her family, AFP reported today. According to the opinion, the court found that…

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